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Back to School with Darby Smart DIY Kits

diybacktoschoolkits_darbysmartThe time to return back to school is upon us – and Darby Smart has some fun back-to-school DIY kits that will get you set for another year of academic success. How about a:

Top row: Leather Tassel Keychain  /  Scrabble Tile Mousepad  /  Leather Infinity Scarf

Middle row: Cross Stitch Tote  /  Build a Clock

Bottom row: Gold Statement Stack of Bracelets  /  Studded Cobalt Clutch  /  Painted Bamboo Phone Case

And my DIY Agate Keepsake Box Kit is also still available!

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Check Out All the Fun DIY Kits from Darby Smart Here

And Happy Back to School!!

xo
Carly

Take a Free Mini-Crafting Class with Craftsy!

craftsyheaderCraftsy is an online destination for craft-based classes and video tutorials that teach you real-world skills…all in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. Ranging in price from $14.99 – $39.99, these classes cover sewing, knitting, cake decorating, quilting, gardening, and much, much more.

If you’re not ready to sign up for the full Craftsy experience, you can watch a mini-class, totally FREE. Here are a couple that I’d recommend for those essential DIY skills:

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Sew Ready: Machine Basics  /  Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch  /  Micro Torch Basics

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Amazing Crochet Textures  /  Mastering Zipper Techniques  /  Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag

Watch any of the above for free, with no obligation.

Check out all of Craftsy’s Free Mini-Classes!

Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

Clip On Creativity with Emitations.com

cliponearrings2It seems clip-on earrings are having a moment again – and rightly deserved, since they are more versatile than one would think! Not just limited to earlobe decoration, clip-on earrings can be incorporated into your wardrobe in a variety of surprisingly chic ways. cliponearrings5Emitations.com sent me a pair of sparkly clip-on earrings to style, and here are a couple ways I came up with to let their beauty shine:

CHIGNON DECORATION

cliponearrings4One of my favorite ways to wear clip-on earrings is to use them to adorn my hairstyle – and they look especially fabulous in an updo. Perfect for graduations, evening soirees, and dressy events, a little bling in your hair can go a long way.

COLLAR ACCENTS

cliponearrings6Taking a page from Michelle Obama’s playbook, using a piece of sparkly jewelry in an unexpected place – like the collar of a coat or dress – lends your ensemble a major dose of refinement. Adding a pair of clip-on earrings right at the front opening of a coat creates focus on the face and ups the glam factor.

SHOE CLIPS

cliponearrings3Adorn those plain pumps with a sweet pair of clip-ons! Having a small amount of sparkle at your feet can make you feel like a true Cinderella. Unlike true “shoe clips,” clip-on earrings don’t have the teeth on the underside of the snap, which means these won’t ruin your shoes like shoe clips can.

There are a ton of great clip-on earrings to be found at thrift stores, flea markets, and Ebay – as well as brand-new, gorgeous options available at Emitations.com (they look just like the real thing it’s almost impossible to tell!)

cliponearrings1Do you have any ideas about how to style your clip-on earrings?

xo
Carly

FTC Disclosure: I received a pair of clip-on earrings from Emitations.com to review and style in a post. I have received no compensation for this post and the above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

Get Up To 80% Off at the BaubleBar Sale Now through Sunday 6/29

062614_SummerSale_bannerCTA_V2Yes, friends, your favorite BaubleBar is having a HUGE Summer Sale with prices from 50-80% off retail! Stock up on gorgeous rings, necklaces, bangles, and earrings for Summer. Check it out before it’s GONE!

BaubleBar Sale Get Up to 80% Off NOW

Plus sign up for BaubleBar’s email list and get 15% off your first order. Shipping and returns in the U.S. are always FREE!

xo

Carly

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ModCloth is Celebrating 1 Year of Full-Range Fashion (Including Plus-Size)!

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It has been 1 year since ModCloth officially launched plus-sized clothing on their site! They’ve proved themselves once again to be at the forefront of fashion, expanding their catalog with a more items in a full range of sizes to fit all body types.

Check out the full-range fashion page in their Style Gallery, which showcases community-uploaded photos featuring ModCloth items that are available in a full size range.

Why? Because fashion should be for all!

Here are a couple items I’ve added to my wishlist (in a full range of sizes, yay!)

modcloth_wishlistFrom left to right: Hooved on a Feeling Dress, $89.99  /  Flamingo to the Shore One-Piece Bathing Suit, $96.99  /  Giddy City Top in Polka Dots, $47.99

Am I right, ladies? Hear, hear to Modcloth for being all-inclusive!

xo
Carly

DIY Agate Keepsake Box for Darby Smart

ChicSteals_agatebox2 Hello friends! I am back from my trip to Arizona to see my Dad, and am so pleased to announce that my recent DIY project for Darby Smart has launched! Woohoo! I’m officially a Darby Smart Designer!

Inspired by all those chic lacquer boxes I’m seeing everywhere lately like on Joss & Main (and that just so happen to cost a fortune), I crafted this with some great supplies from Darby Smart. And the kit is now available for everyone to buy – only $29!ChicSteals_agateboxThis would be an amazing graduation gift for someone special, a wonderful birthday present, or a cute addition to a bookshelf or vanity.

darbysmart_agateboxDIY Agate Keepsake Box on Darby Smart

Check out their version! Which one do you like better – blue agate or purple??!

Thanks so much to Darby Smart for the collab!

xo
Carly

P.S. Oh, and if you end up making this DIY, please share your version with hashtags #DARBYSMART and #MADEBYME on Twitter and Instagram!

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck for Your Mother’s Day Gifts

YgbeBFflswacHRBGh0Qb7SfnzJ4twei4VFd3d35jl0dijJaeEZJoAMoJ35ihMK0a_bUAq-h2EywKis6uohkA3b0JfmlNGTw=s0-d-e1-ftSave some major cash this Mother’s Day and amaze that special woman in your life by shopping BaubleBar’s personalized Mother’s Day Gift Set! Valued at over $100, this gift set is priced just right at $65. Shoppers can pick out the perfect necklace and bracelet or pair of earrings, plus choose from a selection of beauty and lifestyle products from some amazing brands to complete a custom gift set! Shower Mom with jewels plus delicious chocolate, makeup, hand cream, relaxing tea, a candle – all in BaubleBar’s exclusive Baggu tote bag. That hits just about everything on her wishlist, right? There’s nothing like a one-stop shop for that special day.

Enjoy FREE shipping and returns also – but hurry, supplies are only available for a short time.

Shop this Custom Mother’s Day Jewelry Set from BaubleBar (only $65)

xo
Carly

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It’s Swim Season! Cut Out and Fabulous at NastyGal

nastygal_swimwearwishlist1FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a small commission if you click through and buy something. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

Yup, the weather’s finally warming up and I’m in the market for a brand-new bathing suit. But nothing boring, nothing run-of-the-mill. I want a statement-maker. And Nasty Gal has some amazing options (even some that are more conservative than the usual fare). Check out my picks to outfit you and your unique style this Summer:

Above graphic, top row l-r: Nasty Gal Cruz Bikini Bottom in White   /  Chromat Tri Bikini Bottom  /  Lolli Line Up Bikini Top  /  Lolli Borderline Bikini Bottom

Middle row, l-r: Mandalyn Betty Swimsuit  /  Lanikai Swimsuit  /  Chromat Pentagram Swimsuit  /  Paixoto Alda Bottoms

Bottom row, l-r: Nasty Gal Bora Bikini Bottom – Black  /  Nasty Gal Bora Bikini Bottom – Red  /  Nasty Gal Martine Swimsuit  /  One Teaspoon Superman Bikini Top

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Above graphic, top row, l-r: Nasty Gal Frill of the Chase Bikini  /  Mikoh Seychelle’s Monokini  /  6 Shore Road Push Cart Swimsuit  /  Shakuhachi Heatwave Neoprene Bottom

Bottom row, l-r: Lee and Lani Rio Bottom  / Sky and Staghorn Lottie Crop Top Bikini  /  Lisa Maree Twice Shy Bikini  /  Lisa Maree Night Sea Swim

Anything strike your fancy?

Happy Easter (and the beginning of swim season!) everyone!

xo
Carly

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